Past Events

-August 30, 2019-

Equal Access Behavioral Health Clinic:

A Refresher on “Free Therapy Night”

12pm-1pm, HPNP G-103



The Equal Access Behavioral Health Clinic (formerly known as Free Therapy Night) is a free community mental health clinic developed in partnership between Clinical Health Psychology and Counseling Doctoral students nearly a decade ago.

This colloquium is designed to introduce the department – students, interns, and faculty alike – to the clinic, its leadership, opportunities, and most importantly, the community it serves. Please join us to hear your fellow students and colleagues speak on their experiences, future directions, the clinics, and opportunities for the department.

Learn More Here


May 17, 2019

A Discussion about Sexual Harassment


April 26, 2019

A Discussion about Poverty + Food Drive


March 15, 2019

Book Discussion:  Dopesick by Beth Macy

As part of a month of colloquium focused on the Opioid Crisis, we will be discussing the book Dopesick:  Dealers, Doctors and The Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy.

An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: “a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency” (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother’s question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.
Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Hear an NPR interview with the author here

Or read an interview here by the Los Angeles Review of Books


January 18, 2019

Student led discussion on self-care

It’s hard enough living though these fractious times, but being a graduate student (or intern or postdoc) continues to be a challenge in and of itself.  Join us for a discussion of how to practice the kind of self-care we are often recommending to the people we treat.

Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People’s Mental Health, from The Atlantic, Nov. 27, 2018


November 16, 2018

    An Interview with Joan Flocks

Joan Flocks is the Director of Social Policy for the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR). She teaches courses and publishes in the areas of social justice lawyering, poverty law, and environmental justice. She was previously an assistant professor at the UF College of Medicine and before that worked for many years as a legal services attorney in Florida. She has worked as a project manager, consultant, and investigator on several environmental justice and community-based participatory research projects, focusing on topics including farmworker occupational and environmental health, farmworker housing, community health assessment, TANF recipient health perspectives, worker eye safety, worker reproductive health, and community vulnerability and resiliency. She has been involved both internationally and domestically in applied projects and presentations to governmental agencies on diverse topics such post-political settlement resolution, conflict resolution, substandard housing, and community environmental health. She received her M.A. in Latin American Studies and her J.D. from the University of Florida.

October 19, 2018

Psychologists as Advocates for Social Justice

Nancy Wright and Dr. Bob Guenther

Nancy Wright is a sole practitioner in Gainesville, Florida, focusing primarily on Medicaid home and community-based services for adults and children with disabilities and the elderly. She is also works with Three River Legal Services as Director of the UF Health Senior Medical-Legal Partnership, a project with UF Shands to identify and provide legal services to vulnerable older patients with unmet legal needs impacting health. Her legal advocacy has included successful administrative hearings, rule challenges, state court appeals and federal lawsuits under both the Medicaid Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has co-counseled with both Disability Rights Florida and Southern Legal Counsel in federal actions challenging both the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Agency for Health Care Administration in their operation of Medicaid Waiver programs.

September 21, 2018,

Communicore C1-17

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

By Matthew Desmond


Evicted book

Available on Amazon ($12)

Available at UF Smathers Library

Join us for a discussion of this powerful book about the toll of evictions of all aspects of life.  Here is a recent article about Matthew Desmond and his more recent work if you don’t have time to read the entire book:

And a link to an interview of Matthew Desmond on NPR  (8 minutes long):

And another interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (36 minutes long) and a quick summary of the interview highlights


August 17, 2018

Time to Level Up on Presence and Belonging

We are very lucky to have Antonio Farias, the first chief diversity officer at the University of Florida, come speak to our department next Friday, August 17 at noon in room C1-3  as part of the Education and Advocacy colloquium series.  Please join us to hear an interesting take on what a diversity officer does and his goals for our university.

You can read more about him here: photo














July 20, 2018

Communicore, C1-17

How to Facilitate Conversations with Patients About Current Events

The news cycle seems to incredibly fast these days and current events often involve tragic, traumatic incidents.  Join us for a discussion of how to help patients cope with the news and how to take care of ourselves while helping them.  We will connect you with supportive resources for these kinds of conversations.  Discussion led by Education and Advocacy Committee Members.

Join us on the third Friday of each month from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for the Education and Advocacy Colloquium Series. Future topics include learning about specific underserved populations such as diverse racial, ethnic and religious groups; LGBTQ specific concerns and issues; understanding bias in a historical context; and how to become a successful advocate. If you have a topic suggestion, are interested in working with our large and active committee, or have an idea for a guest speaker, please contact us!



April 2018:

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Inclusive Care: Addressing Health Disparities in the Transgender Community

A panel discussion on the intersection of mental health and physical health in the Transgender community, current issues, and tools for fostering inclusive clinical care.  Panel Members:  Dr. Anyaliese Hancock-Smith (UF Medical Psychology & Psychiatry), Dr. Emma Moss (Radiology , Shands Hospital) and Dr. James Super (School of Human Development and College of Education).  Organized and moderated by Gabriel Cartagena, B.A.

March 2018:

When Needs Go Unmet:  How Poverty and Food Insecurity Impact Healthcare + Food Drive

Our accomplished guest panel discussed food insecurity and how that impacts how they interact with patients as well as how poverty can impact health outcomes.  Panel members included Catherine Campbell, PhD, MPH, CPH (Post-doctoral Associate, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program), Lee Collopy, LCSW (Transitions of Care Clinic, Internal Medicine), Carol Lewis, Ph.D. MPH, CPH (Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry), and Amy Sheer, MD, MPH (PGY-3 Resident, Department of Medicine).  In addition, the CHP Department collected an incredible amount of food and toiletries for the UF Field and Fork Pantry:


February 2018:

Power Dynamics:  Patient and Provider Perspectives

Our hot topic discussion this month focused on how to negotiate power dynamics as a Psychologist in an Academic Health Center.  Many of our female faculty and trainees shared stories about practicing in different parts of the dynamic.


January 2018:

Common Reading Book Discussion

The second common book reading discussion featured Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. We discussed the book, how it affected our cultural competence as people and as therapists, and implications for the current climate in our country.

October 2017:

Anti-Fat Bias in the Medical System

Our distinguished guest panel discussed the concepts of “anti-fat bias” and “thin idealization” in the medical system (and other environments) to bring awareness to the impact on patients’ physical and mental health. Panel members included Gwendolyn Hasse, RN, MSN, CBN (Bariatric Nurse Coordinator at UF Health), Ashby Walker, Ph.D. (Director for Health Equity Initiatives at UF Diabetes Institute​), and Kelly Ulmer, M.Ed./Ed.S. (Registered Mental Health Counselor at UF Health Eating Disorders Clinic and UF Health Medical Psychology)​.

September 2017:

Common Reading Discussion

The first common book reading discussion featured The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. We discussed the fictional story, how it affected our own cultural competency as people and therapists, and the implications for the current climate in our country. After a brief summary for those who did not read the book, a lively discussion ensued!

August 2017:

Working with Patients with Differing Abilities & Becoming ABPP Certified in Rehab Psychology

Presented by Drs. Robert Guenther and Thomas Kerkhoff, this multifaceted colloquium covered working with patients with medical and physical disabilities.

July 2017:

Professional Women: The Fear and Power of Failure

Despite many gains in the workforce, women are still underrepresented in executive positions. This July 2017 colloquium talk presented by Lori Waxenberg, Ph.D., explored how fear of failure may be a barrier to success for many talented women. Potential solutions for addressing how to overcome that fear and be open to the experience of failure were presented.

June 2017:

Advocacy for Patients: Legal, Ethical, and Therapeutic Considerations

For the June 2017 colloquium, our very own Clinic Director, Dr. Shelley Heaton, a member of UF’s Legal Department, and UF Health’s Patient Advocacy Director, discussed the do’s and don’ts of advocating for our patients.  Specifically, they shared their opinions on ethical dilemma scenarios. For example, “What are the best practices for advocating for a young, Black, male, sickle cell patient who feels he’s being treated unfairly and under medicated due to his race?” OR “How would you support a newly-out, 13-year old pansexual individual as they attempt to start a LGBT support group at school while they are concerned about the reactions of their parents?”

May 2017:

Advocacy, Psychologist as Citizen, and the Clinical Psychologist

Did you know that advocacy is an APA competency benchmark for psychologists? This excellent May 2017 colloquium by CHP Professor Emeritus, Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D., ABPP, focused on definitions of advocacy, resources for psychologists, and concrete ways to get involved in advocacy at a broader level.

April 2017:

LGB & U: Psychosocial Considerations for Working with the LGB Population

In the April 2017 colloquium, we hosted a fantastic panel of experts to discuss best practices and specific considerations for working with patients who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Panelists included psychologists from the community — Jennifer Evans, Psy.D., and John T. Super, Ph.D.

March 2017:

Getting Woke: An Interactive Discussion about Social Justice

In the March 2017 colloquium, we used live polling via attendee’s phones to react to a variety of recent podcasts with topics ranging from intersectionality to Black Lives Matters to the Women’s March on Washington.

February 2017:

“They Said What?”: Responding to Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Therapy

In the first monthly colloquium, all students, interns, post-docs, and faculty were invited to attend this interactive panel discussion. Our panel of expert psychologists addressed two clinical issues: 1) Responding to patients who express racist/homophobic/sexist sentiments in therapy, and 2) Responding to patients who describe experiencing racism/homophobia/sexism or other forms of discrimination.